Sunday, April 13, 2008

Neck and Back

I went to a spine specialist the other day to try and figure out what was going on with my back. Basically, I have had the chronic sacroiliac joint problem for 13 years and my upper back (trapezious area) has been hurting on and off for almost 2 years. Since Oct of this year, perhaps longer, I have not had a day without pain.

The spin doctor that checked me out was very nice and very thorough. After pulling and prodding my extremities and joints, running some simple neurological tests, and triple checking my MRI films, he came to the conclusion that my upper back issue is not related to spine or nerve damage. Therefore, it must be muscular.

I will be going to physical therapy, again, but this time they are going to do more massage for my upper back and “manipulation” for my lower back. If that does not work, then we move onto steroid injections.

The joint in between the sacrum and iliac is so small, they would have to do the procedure with the help of an x-ray.


I think I may try acupuncture as well.

The doctor told me that there was no “silver bullet” that would cure me. I may have to try different avenues before I get results. If it were a disc issue, they could do surgery and I would be better. The muscular thing can be harder to deal with.


At least I know it is not my spine.


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